SpaceX launches

Starlink-11 mission

Mission Overview

The 11th operational batch of Starlink satellites (12th overall) will lift off from LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center, Florida on a Falcon 9 rocket. In the weeks following deployment the Starlink satellites will use onboard ion thrusters to reach their operational altitude of 550 km. This is the third batch of Starlink satellites which all feature “visors” intended to reduce their visibility from Earth. Falcon 9’s first stage will attempt to land on a drone ship approximately 628 km downrange, its sixth landing overall, and a ships is in place to attempt the recovery of both payload fairing halves.

Mission Details

Payload 60 Starlink V1.0
Payload mass ~15,600 kg (Starlink ~260 kg each)
Deployment orbit Low Earth Orbit, ~ 210km x 390km 53°
Operational orbit Low Earth Orbit, 550 km x 53°
Vehicle Falcon 9 v1.2 Block 5
Core B1060
Past flights of this core 1 (GPS III-SV03)
Fairing catch attempt Yes, both halves
Launch site KSC LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Landing OCISLY (~635 km downrange)
Mission success criteria Successful separation & deployment of the Starlink Satellites.
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Starlink-12 mission

Launch: 1:57 am CST | Saturday, September 19, 2020

Mission Overview

The 12th operational batch of Starlink satellites (13th overall) will lift off from LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center, Florida on a Falcon 9 rocket. In the weeks following deployment the Starlink satellites will use onboard ion thrusters to reach their operational altitude of 550 km. This is the forth batch of Starlink satellites which all feature “visors” intended to reduce their visibility from Earth. Falcon 9’s first stage will attempt to land on a drone ship approximately 632 km downrange, its third landing overall, and a ships is in place to attempt the recovery of both payload fairing halves.

Payload mass ~15,600 kg (Starlink ~260 kg each)
Past flights of this core 2 (DM-2, ANASIS-II)
Payload 60 Starlink version 1 satellites
Core B1058.3
Landing Droneship : ~ (632 km downrange)
Vehicle Falcon 9 v1.2 Block 5
Launch site LC-39A , Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Fairing catch attempt likely
Deployment orbit Low Earth Orbit, ~ 261 x 278 km 53°
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